Spring Closet Clean Out: Where to Donate in Toronto
March 1st, 2010 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in Eco-Fashion , Features Profiles , News
When it comes to purging bags of clothes, shoes and accessories (which I regularly do), I used to almost always head to the nearest Goodwill to unload. After visiting more than one ‘unruly’ store though, it sort of became harder to imagine my once loved, still wearable clothes getting lost in those dump piles.
So, Salvation Army became my next recipient of donated goods – especially because it maintains its “thrift” store mentality and keep its prices low for low-income shoppers (which is why I never donate to Value Village…).
There are however many smaller community centres, churches and shelters that provide clothing, home goods and toiletries for needy families, young moms, homeless folk – a more grassroots approach to recycling clothing and home goods:
** please keep in mind when donating to community centres or shelters that the clothing and/or linens should be clean and wearable. Also, these places are often in need of seasonal items like winter coats, etc… **
Where to Donate Clothes, Shoes, Homewares & Unused Toiletries in Toronto
Red Door Shelters emergency shelters across Toronto - in need of household items and linens, seasonal clothing. 21 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
The Scott Mission clothing bank-502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto 416-923-3916
Dress Your Best changes the lives of Canadians by outfitting women, men and youth with clothing for employment. DYB gives each client an average of 5 outfits – 20 to 30 articles of clothing – including shoes and various accessories. Open for clothing donation drops offs on Wednesdays between 10am-8pm c/o The Walmer Centre 188 Lowther Avenue, 3rd floor, Toronto
Good Shepherd Centre homeless shelters accepts clothing, toiletries and recreational items. 412 Queen Street East (near Queen East & Parliament Streets)
YWCA Womens shelter – Call donations coordinator 416.693.6978, ext. 231
Convenant House teen shelter – needs clothing, books, etc…20 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, (416) 598-4898
Oasis Clothing Bank (the ones with the green bins around city): Check the website to see the items they will pick up > http://www.clothingbank.ca/faqs.asp
Donate Art Supplies et al.
Sketch provides opportunities for street and homeless people between the ages of 15-29, to engage in the arts in a cross-discipline studio environment or in the community. In need of everything from art supplies to kitchen appliances to toilet paper. 580 King St. W., 2nd Floor, Toronto (416) 516-5428
Donate Toys/Magazines to your local hospital for use in the waiting rooms.
I could go on and on – so for more places to donate your stuff including ink cartridges, computers, shoes, toys… http://www.toronto.ca/reuseit/orgs.htm
For a list of shelters and social service agencies in Toronto, check outhttp://www.211toronto.ca